Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may ditch Quanta Computer for Pegatron Technology for future iMac orders. This report comes from Digitmes, however both suppliers claim they know nothing about the report.
Right now, most of Apple’s iMac orders are fulfilled by Quanta Computer. Sources for the report added that in order for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to determine whether or not a supplier is qualified, they have to run evaluations and pilot production. Moreover, the factories have to be isolated from other factories. Mass productions also take a year to start.
Apple rumors point to several options
Digitimes added, “Prior to the iMac rumors, Wistron and Compal Communications were also rumored to have entered the supply chains of Apple’s iPads and iPhones.”
There have been some market experts that added that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) used to hire Pegatron Corporation (TPE:4938) to produce MacBooks in the past. If Apple decides to divide up their orders, Pegatron might be considered.
It’s important to point out that this could be just a rumor. There were similar reports of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shifting orders to Pegatron back in 2010 and 2012. Although there rumors never panned out to be true, the sudden increase of rumors may point towards something more solid.
Pegatron accused of abusing Chinese workers’ rights
MacRumors added, “This news comes after a Chinese worker’s rights group brought forth allegations of poor working conditions at Pegatron Corporation (TPE:4938) last month. Specifically, the worker group accused the company of numerous safety and workplace violations, including the holding of worker pay and identification cards, as well as poor living conditions within the factory such as tight living quarters and packed cafeterias.”
Only time will tell if this rumor is true. Right now, it seems that Apple’s iPhone and iPad are the main focus for the tech giant.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is the company to watch this year. The highly anticipated iPhone 5S is predicted to launch sometime next month and the next generation of iPads will likely follow suit. Although we can expect an iPad Mini second generation later on this year, it’s not likely we will see the iPad Mini with Retina Display until next year.